I was going to wait until next week to do this, but when I woke up this morning the weather icon said FOG which pretty much sums up this book in it’s entirety, so I figured I would write about it today.

Speed Read:

Jacob has a super weird grandfather, Abe, who tells him stories about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which is on an island off the coast of Wales. All the kids there are so incredibly scary have super cool powers like lighting their hands on fire and making clay soldiers come to life and uncontrollable floating. They went to the island to escape vague but terrifying monsters. Jacob spends a lot of time being scared of the monsters, until he figures out that the monsters are NAZIS and there are no peculiar children, just orphans of war. It’s just his crazy grandfather’s way of dealing with his history as a Jewish kid during WWII. So he moves on with his life, but then his grandfather dies, and eventually Jacob obviously has to go to the island to check it out, and then some insanely creepy stuff happens, and Jacob gets all confused. Are there peculiar children or aren’t there? Are the monsters Nazis or something even more scary (hard to do)? There’s also a lot of fog.

Extra points for old, real pictures found at flea markets and such throughout the book. And a book trailer!

The Deal:

I’m having trouble coming up with something that could possibly be scarier than a book that incorporates both Nazis and creepy children being hunted by even creepier monsters. Bonus: it’s unclear which situation is real/not real, so a lot of time is spent stressing out over both. As in “OMG, are the Nazis going to bomb the island?…OMG what is that shadowy thing? Who’s the dude with no eyes? WHY ARE THE CHILDREN SO FREAKY??”

I was reading this book in my room, at night, and seriously started having heart palpitations and had to watch me some Buffy the Vampire Slayer before going to sleep to calm down. When Buffy is a comforting, calming experience, you know you’ve got some creep factor on your hands. That said, it’s a really great book! It’s been a while since a fantasy book was able to surprise me (there’s only so many ways you can do magic), but I had no idea where this one was going. It’s very much a fairy tale, in a the-Dursleys-are-so-ridiculously-evil-they’re-more-unrealistic-than-Voldemort kind of way, except it jumps right to Deathly Hallows intensity without the years of awesome magic school and Quidditch. Sometimes the dialogue is a little bit sluggish, but once Jacob gets to that island there is no turning back. I dare you to put it down before you get to the end.

How Far Should You Go:

This book isn’t quite steal-the-last-copy-from-the-Library-of-Congress good, but I would definitely steal it from a good friend without worrying about the effects on our relationship if needed. I mean, don’t compromise your immortal soul (that, children, is something we only do for Harry Potter and Looking for Alaska), but I recommend seriously considering doing some jail time in order to get your hands on a copy.

The 13/16 Test:

No issues for Sixteen here! Idk if this is really her style, but there’s nothing in the book that I would have qualms about her reading. And as much creep factor as there is, I’d also give it to Thirteen to read (although she’s going through a phase where anything without a love triangle isn’t worth her time), with strong suggestions to read it at the beach and not, you know, late at night in her summer camp cabin with a flashlight.

The Low Down:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: June 7th, 2011
Classified as: Young Adult